So much in love with cosmos entire,
Holy One sent the Beloved,
that in believing all might know outlasting life.
For this very reason, was the Chosen One self-given,
not to condemn but to make whole the world.
What must be let go for love to reclaim you?
Have you noticed
all around and underground?
At long last,
the spell of dark discontent is breaking,
setting free a sprouting season of changeability.
All who wish to wake up
are invited into this miraculous melee
to let themselves be reclaimed in rejuvenation.
And there is work to do across the nation;
to furrow old crust, soften ruts,
and cleanse the land of poisons of the past.
This is how we ready ourselves for implanting
a message about wholeness and liberate love
from chains of persecution and patterns of privilege.
We who believe in freedom cannot restBernice Johnson Reagon
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.
In the bending and bowed trajectory of time
life is irresistibly drawn down
into a well of dying to be made new.
Down-falling and up-welling;
around these seasonal pivots
our whole whirling planet swivels.
From dying down to rising up
LIFE dances in sweeping
Transmuting death and decay,
with tenacious resilience,
self-giving regenerates and resurges.
Watered by loss,
such revolutionary surrender
by relinquishment is made tender.
Whatever God does, the first outburst is always compassion.Meister Eckhart
Where Divinity is love long-suffering,
in the panged glare of compassion.
but upheld in unending restoration.
even in the quietest sense of disappearance,David Whyte
even in the far distance of times beyond
our present understanding, we will be remembered
in the way others still live, and still live on, in our love.
In the upwelling,
extravagant love yields abundance
with breathtaking diversity: no wasted time nor wasted life.
Through concrete cracks and hairline fissures,
in barren lots, abandonment and ruination,
nature persists in perennial reclamation.
With life-giving love as motivation,
every sunrise offers ample opportunity,
to collaborate with care-filled renovation.
Willful and willing,
all participate in this lifegiving cycle;
loving by losing, living by forgiving.
So we grow
by shedding and releasing
to rejoin outpouring everlasting.
Through love, we are softened back into presence.Mark Nepo
And through suffering, we are broken back into presence.
However we get there, dropping below the surface of things
returns us to the heart of all being, which sustains the kinship between all things…
Those familiar with wilderness
as a garden in waiting.
Every landscape offers lessons,
and with slight encouragements,
But desert living presumes patience,
requires willingness to grow by giving.
baked hard by exploitation
and careless disregard
present the most resilient,
efforts and irrepressible
expressions of creation.
By such weeds are we saved,
since here healing awaits us too;
tenacious tenderness in unexpected places.
Needs beyond us
draw out deeper love,
lead to bigger belonging and wider reclamation.
As you bare your soles to earthy softness
may it writhe and wriggle,
to tease and tickle newness out of you,